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England retain Calcutta Cup after dominant performance at Murrayfield

matt: Farrell stepping up to do the same thing, but with a much higher chance of success.
Ordinarily maybe, but not on Saturday's evidence.

I dislike drop goals any time, I just prefer to see people running about with the ball in their hands. But I've come to accept that points on the board, especially early in the match, are invaluable. Keep that score ticking over and you shift the momentum of the game so much in your favour. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush -or as a mate of mine used to say, a bush in the hand is worth two birds in the pub.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

France ease past Italy with comfortable win at the Stade de France

DrG: Thought the whole incident could have been dealt with in a Nigel Owens fashion: 'You're both acting very immature.'

Exactly. Nothing in it. Just a couple of front-rowers getting acquainted with each other. Waste of TMO time. Fortunately it was late enough in the game to not have any impact on the match itself. Can't really criticise the officials, they're just implementing the laws of the game, but give me Owens's common-sense approach any day of the week.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Friday Funnies - Nigel Owens tells off Mike Brown and Yoann Huget

Superb picture. However, it really makes the incident look far worse than it was. For me, there was no actual headbutt; what you see on the photo is just a momentary squaring-up, with a soccer-style rubbing of heads.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies - Nigel Owens tells off Mike Brown and Yoann Huget

@JimBrano

Troll much???

:)

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 4

OK, now that we have the final line-ups, I must say there are some mouth-watering individual contests.

The one that I'm most excited about is Burrell v The Bastard - the seismographs at the Paris earthquake monitoring station are going to kick into action when these two collide. Thing is they're not bad rugby players either.

Billy Twelvetrees is going to have a hell of a task keeping Fofana quiet! But 36 and Burrell is exactly the centre pairing I would have picked, so I really hope he comes through what will be a very tough examination. Better still he gets to express a bit of his own creativity too.

Same with the half-backs. Care is definitely the right scrumhalf choice on current form.

England's pack looks big, nasty and actually pretty mobile - will be good to see the forwards having a bit of rumble and putting some big carries in. This will be absolutely crucial if England are going to have any chance of taking the game to France.

Front row battle will be fascinating. On paper I think they look incredibly even. (Then again I probably ought not to comment, considering I nearly always have two digits on the back of my shirt).

Oh yeah, and Billy Vunipola v Louis Picamoles is another head-to-head tussle that gets the pulse rate racing.

Bench looks good too - sorry to ask, but can someone enlighten me on Henry Thomas, haven't seen his name before, is he a prop?


@Frenchie or indeed any other Frenchies on here - any further insight on the new guys?
Palisson, any relation of the wing Alexis? Is he any good? (Notwithstanding the inexperience).
Afraid I haven't come across Bernard Le Roux, (can he fill Dusautoir's massive boots?).

I agree with you (Frenchie) on the back line - very solid indeed, good variety of size, speed, skill and vastly more experienced that England's.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 4

Do the rest of the France squad still despise him? Has been quite a divisive influence in the past, hopefully he can bring that undermining anti-camaraderie to the team again.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Highlights from Day One of the 2014 Las Vegas Sevens

4:00 - Watching a sevens match decided by a penalty kick is just sickening. Where I come from, just kicking the ball at all in a sevens game is a penalty against your team. I don't care if it's a sensible way to secure the points and win the game, that's not the point.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Friday Funnies - Cameron Treloar's big knock before reaching the field

It's called "Sail" by AWOL Nation. Very nicely timed with the video I thought! *Vvvoooo*

Best use of the track is on this video, of professional lunatic Jeb Corliss almost literally flying down a mountain (try not to soil yourself just watching around 1:15):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWfph3iNC-k


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2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

Not an ironic username then!

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

Nigel Owens shows Anthony Allen the way to the football stadium

"Refs shouldn't try to make themselves the centre of attention. Some have done so in the past (hi, Steve Walsh), but I'd never throw that accusation at Owens."

Well, maybe with one exception!
http://www.rugbydump.com/2010/12/1740/referee-nigel-owens-tells-off-30-grown-men

I do remember Steve Walsh on at least one occasion checking his hair on the big screen. Bloody hilarious if you ask me.

3 Months, 6 Hours ago

 
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